Background

Slum

Public Toilet

We got frustrated witnessing the devastation that the haphazard dumping of human waste causes to public health and the environment.

We got tired of seeing broken-down and abandoned wastewater and fecal sludge treatment plants in cities throughout the developing world.

We stopped believing that billing low-income households is the best — or only — way to finance sanitation.

And thus emerged Waste Enterprisers. We were founded in Ghana in 2010 and transferred operations to Kenya in 2013.


Our values drive our decisions. We’re committed to forging massive improvements in urban sanitation and to fostering a positive, dynamic, and rewarding company culture.

Team

Ashley Murray Muspratt

Founder and CEO

Ashley

Ashley leads the WE team with her vision for fundamentally transforming the delivery of urban sanitation services. She’s driven by a passion for protecting the environment, a conviction that rethinking waste as a resource is part of the solution, and a penchant for working on global challenges.

Ashley received her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and she holds a MS from Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Ashley was named to the 2011 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers and was a 2012 Fellow at the Unreasonable Institute.

Tim Wade

Chief Financial Officer

Tim Wade

Tim earned his MBA from the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise program at Colorado State University, graduating Phi Kappa Phi. There he focused on the creation of innovative business models that strive to simultaneously end poverty, restore the environment, and create profits. His professional experience consists of business development, strategy consulting, and international relationship management for pro-poor organizations.

In addition to his professional activities, Tim sits on the Board of Directors of Elephant Energy, a US-based nonprofit addressing the issue of Energy Justice for marginalized communities, primarily in Namibia. Tim has spent several years living and working internationally, including in India, Peru, Bolivia, and Bulgaria, where he completed his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Nathan Epp

Chief Production Officer

Nathan

Nathan joined WE in September 2013 as one of the founding team members in Mombasa. He came to the company from a career in aerospace parts engineering and manufacturing but had previously spent time in East Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Laura Stupin

Senior Process Engineer

Laura Stupin

Laura has spent five years researching and implementing development and energy projects in places including Ghana, Zambia, India, and Borneo. She earned her MSc at the Masdar Institute, which was co-developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is the world’s first graduate institution devoted entirely to renewable energy and cleantech research.

Her experience includes analyzing energy processes for using agricultural-waste biomass to produce heat and electricity in remote Indian villages, and managing an international project to design and manufacture a low-cost safe water tool for communities.

Joseph Mikaye Mathew

Senior Process Engineer

Joseph

Joseph joined WE in 2014 and is one of the lead engineers in charge of the design, commissioning, and operation of WE’s factory in Mombasa. His previous professional experience was in production and quality control engineering. Joseph hails from Kisii, Kenya and holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering and Technology from Egerton University.

Denis Ongata

Construction Manager

Denis

Denis is in charge of site preparation and plant construction in Mombasa. He joined the team in 2014 having previously worked as the Supervisor of Works and Construction Manager of large infrastructure projects in Kenya. Denis hails from Kisii, Kenya and holds a BS in Construction Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Paul Muragu

Senior Administration Officer

Paul

Paul handles all matters associated with business finances and bookkeeping, office management, customer relationship management, and human resources. His background is in accounting and business development, and he holds a Kenyan Accounting Technicians Certificate along with being a Certified Public Accountant. Paul is from Nairobi, Kenya.

Nicholas Kuria

Driver and Technician

Nicholas

Nicholas is the WE team’s Driver and Technician. He’s charged with navigating the burly traffic and narrow streets of Mombasa.